Basic Paradiddle Groove Using The High And Floor Toms

An orchestration of the existing basic paradiddle groove.

In this lesson I will show you a simple orchestration of the Basic Paradiddle Groove that orginally used ride and hi hat cymbals. It will be very beneficial to have covered this lesson first as all examples on this page are just variations on those grooves.

The finished patterns will sound quite complicated as the toms will create an almost melodic feel to the grooves. In later lessons I will show how you can combine the two ideas to create even more complicated patterns.

I'll start by showing you just the hands for these groove patterns. All it is is a simple 'one hand on each drum' orchestration where the right is based on the floor tom and the left the high tom. When you hit a back beat the right hand will move over from the floor tom to the snare. All with a paradiddle sticking, obviously.

The cymbal part for a paradiddle groove


  1. Play this pattern as written until you can comfortably play it at around 110bpm. Use the Two Minute Rule if necessary.

Full Groove Examples

Then you can just add kicks in wherever you like and you have a basic paradiddle groove based on the toms. Some examples are shown below. I have stuck to using level 0 Basic Groove style patterns to avoid the parts getting too complicated. I have included a couple of half time patterns here too.

Example 1

A full paradiddle groove

Example 2

A full paradiddle groove

Example 3

A full paradiddle groove

Example 4

A full paradiddle groove

Example 5

A full paradiddle groove

Example 6

A full paradiddle groove


  1. Learn the 6 grooves given above. Aim for a tempo of around 120bpm.
  2. Experiment with varying the orchestrations.